EU supports Estonia with 35 million euros to improve borders and surveillance

The Estonian-Russian border (Postimees/Scanpix)
8/12/2015 12:07 PM
Category: International

Estonia will receive more than 35 million euros from The European Commission to make the country's borders more secure over the next five years.

The commission has agreed that a grant of over 35 million euros will be given to the government to help deal with border security and surveillance from the Internal Security Fund. It will be spend, alongside national funding, on cross-border law enforcement cooperation and will help to manage security-related risks such as terrorism, violent radicalization, cyber-crime and drug trafficking.

In total, Estonia will receive almost 22 million euros from ISF borders and over 13 million euros from ISF Police.

The funding has been given as part of 23 schemes to help European Countries facing 'high migratory flows' and totals 2.4 billion euros for the 2014-2020 period. The money will come from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and ISF.

Seven countries who are on the front line of dealing with migration, such as Greece and Italy, have also received funding from the AMIF to help resettle and integrate migrants travelling to their countries from Africa across the Mediterranean.

The money will be used to make sure that reception centers and asylum procedures are in line with European Union standards, and to help with integrating migrants at a local and national level. It will also be used to increase the effectiveness of return programmes.

Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said: "Member States nowadays face unprecedented challenges in the fields of migration and security and the Commission is taking action in a spirit of solidarity.

"Through the European Agendas on Migration and Security, the Commission is taking bold steps to improve migration management, foster cooperation and make Europe safer from organised crime and terrorism for our citizens.

"The national programmes approved by the Commission provide significant financial assistance to the Member States to address these challenges. We are determined to continue to put solidarity into practice."

Other nations who will benefit from the programmes approved by the Commission are: 7 AMIF programmes (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden) and 16 ISF programmes (Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain).

Estonia has agreed to take up to 180 refugees after the European Union decided that member states should resettle 60,000 migrants who have arrived on Europe's shores.

H. Wright

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